Welcome to the terror state

Since 9/11, the American people have wondered what will come next. We’ve had threat-level “orange” and extreme measures from the Transportation Security Administration, and we’ve consistently succumbed to multiple violations of our rights for security purposes, though few seem to acknowledge it. David K. Shipler takes the idea that our everyday rights, guaranteed to us by the Bill of Rights, are being continually shaken to their bare bones, and sometimes even beyond that, and crafts it into The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties. Shipler shows through first-person accounts how everyday violations of our civil liberties—such as profiling and the misuse of warrants—have become a part of the world we now live in. The main crux of his argument rests with one biggie: the Patriot Act, which provides the legal underpinning to run roughshod over liberties. This is a book that all Americans should read carefully.